Bits: Aer Lingus applies to join the BA/AA/IB US JV, No 1 Lounge changes at Edinburgh, IHG’s OpenTable restaurant deal

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News in brief:

Aer Lingus applies to join the transatlantic joint venture

Aer Lingus submitted its legal application this week for anti-trust immunity to allow it to join the transatlantic joint venture led by IAG.

At present, British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair operate their flights to and from North America as one company.  All of the money, irrespective of which airline is flown, goes into a pot and is then distributed to the four airlines under a complex formula.

Aer Lingus has now applied to join this joint venture.  This does not automatically mean that Aer Lingus will also join the oneworld alliance.  Interestingly, the application states that Aer Lingus can continue its current codeshares with JetBlue and United and in theory can add further deals on top.

There will be some changes.  Whilst you currently earn Avios flying with Aer Lingus, British Airways does not currently offer tier points in the Executive Club unless it is on a BA codeshare.  This would change if the joint venture is approved.

The full legal submission is here if you want to read it.  Don’t expect this to be approved rapidly, however.

No 1 Lounge Edinburgh

Big changes for No 1 Lounges at Edinburgh

No 1 Lounges is planning big changes at Edinburgh Airport in the New Year.

The current No 1 Lounge in Edinburgh, which I reviewed here and is pictured above, is closing permanently on 3rd January.

On 28th January, a brand new No 1 Lounge will open.  It will be by Gate 16 and will have a fully manned bar and panoramic views over the runway.

If you are looking for an alternative lounge at Edinburgh during the closure, here is my review of the Aspire lounge which is in Priority Pass and Lounge Club, and here is my review of the British Airways Galleries lounge.

The dedicated page for the Edinburgh lounge on the No 1 website is here, but oddly makes no reference to the closure!  Thanks to Richard for this.

IHG Rewards Club OpenTable restaurant bookings

Earn IHG Rewards Club points with OpenTable

If you’re booking a restaurant – even a casual dining one – over Christmas and New Year, remember that you can earn IHG Rewards Club points when you book restaurants online.

Via this page of the IHG website, you can make restaurant reservations globally.  The place I booked for our family today only offers 150 IHG Rewards Club points per booking, but I will get 500 bonus points because it is the first time I have used the service.

(And, next time, I’ll book via my wife’s account!)

The IHG service is a white label version of OpenTable, so any restaurant which appears there should appear.  You can book here.

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  1. lady london says:

    I’d put Plaza T5 exactly half way between the Cathay Lounge in T3 (at least, pre-Accor) and Galleries Club. Plaza T5 has a slightly Asian feel which makes me think of the CX Lounge. But obviously it’s not on the same scale as the CX one.

    I’m doing my first visit to Aspire T5 tomorrow, hope it’s better than comments have been on here!

    I think commercially there is room for even one more non-airline lounge in T5. There’s so much pent-up Priority Pass demand and so far it seems as though Aspire is too overcrowded to be as nice as it could be. We’ll see tomorrow!

    • Agree, as it’s much more difficult now for folks to obtain Silver, they had to do something. Perhaps another lounge option will be considered. Space may be their restriction right now tho. Good luck, hope you got in!

  2. Any sign of the 250 Golden Circle points from the offer at the end of November yet on accounts yet?
    Said it was post in 2-4 weeks but no sign of it as yet for me!

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